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That’s Just Hak – [Hakuna Bruv]

Born in Middletown, Ohio, but currently residing in NYC, Hakuna Bruv is an emerging artist whose sound seemingly cannot be defined. Both a highly capable emcee and vocalist, new listeners will be divided on whether or not Hakuna’s style aligns more with a slick city street, or a chill reserved branch. When singing, Hakuna is as polished as Masego, Kid Cudi, Theophilus London, Donald Glover, etc.., whereas his soft, glossy rapping mirrors the energy of artists such as Saba, Smino, and Anderson Paak. The Ohio native is apart of FILO, a creative talent agency startup consisting of specialists and artists in many differentiated, yet interrelated mediums. Listed influences of Hakuna’s are Jay-Z, Kanye West, Isaiah Rashad, and Kendrick Lamar; all fitting picks that mold into the music of Hakuna Bruv some way or another. If forced to describe Hakuna’s unique approach, his body of work sounds like a first bite of fresh fruit; smooth, but not what you’d expect. Hakuna’s latest offering “That’s Just Hak” holds no exception to this rule, beautifully blending the versatile artist’s contrasting personas and artistic characteristics into one. Produced by pk, the blissful acoustic guitar and drum-heavy instrumental is accompanied by Hakuna’s masterful vocals for an overall …

Rapper Weed – [SiR] feat. [Boogie]

As many of you are aware this week has brought new music from the incredibly stacked roster of Top Dawg Entertainment. In celebration of “TDE Fan Appreciation Week,” the California based label has released new singles from some of its quieter roster-mates such as Ab-Soul, Zacari, Isaiah Rashad and now, SiR. The soulful R&B singer-songwriter, who consistently implements his West Coast roots into his tender style, returns with his new single, “Rapper Weed,” featuring Boogie. To no surprise, the self-produced track embodies the ever so fixating draw of SiR’s music and his ability to serenade listeners with the skill of an R&B savant while simultaneously remaining gritty around the edges. The California laced style of production sets up a relaxing and simultaneously bop-inducing energy that is effortlessly glided upon by SiR’s layered crooning. His unique style and delivery is a direct transport to the breezy aurora of Los Angeles, painting a clear picture of a sunset cruise on the 405. Fellow West Coast rap artist, Boogie, enters the later part of the record by delving into the conversations surrounding his weed smoke and the repetitive scenarios that continuously present themselves now that “we ain’t even getting high no more.” Listen …

Rise Up – [IsaiahG]

IsaiahG is an artist out of Chicago who we have been supporting here on Lyrical Lemonade for some years now, and this afternoon he is back on our website with his brand new music video for “Rise Up”. Isaiah has always excelled a delivering witty punchline bars one after another, and this track is chock filled with them, as he referenced things like Chance The Rapper with Sox (Social Experiment) fits as well as plenty of others that I’ll let you discover for yourself. Can’t say I ever expected IsaiahG to shoot a music video in a Panda costume haha, but it turned out well as the director Nightrunner caught some shots of Isaiah all over the city. Watch this brand new music video below!

Why Worry – [Isaiah Rashad]

Anybody who knows me personally understands that I am a HUGE fan of TDE frontrunner Isaiah Rashad, so you can only imagine my excitement when I saw that he dropped a brand new single late last night titled “Why Worry”. It’s been three years since Isaiah Rashad has dropped his last album, and there has been whispers through the music community that he planned on dropping another project this year, but I’ve heard that before so I was kind of on an ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ type of mindset. With the release of this new single though, it’s clear that the rumors were true, and it looks like he will be releasing a project sometime in the near future. The song itself has an ear-pleasing + somewhat jazzy instrumental that was provided by Crooklin that first caught my attention, before Isaiah Rashad dropped off a few solid verses and a catchy hook, making for an all-around great record. Stream this brand new offering below and if you like the track then keep your eyes peeled for the forthcoming album! Produced by Crooklin

Talk My Shit – [IsaiahG] x [Kiraly Payne]

You might remember a few weeks back when I premiered a new record from a new Chicago collective that goes by Outer(net), it features a handful of the dopest upcoming emcees in the city, and today three of those members connected for a brand new record titled “Talk My Shit”. I have been patiently waiting for this record to drop since they first teased it on social media about a week and a half ago, and it finally dropped just a few minutes ago, and although the teaser was fire, it didn’t do the full-length track nearly enough justice. This one all starts with Aaron Deux, who for my money is one of the most talented producers in Chicago, as he blessed these two emcees with one of the most dope instrumentals you will hear this week. Kiraly stepped up to the plate first, giving us a catchy hook to start the song off before jumping into his verse, where he ironically (or not), talked his shit. IsaiahG hopped on the beat near the halfway mark on this track, making Kiraly’s energy as he spit a braggadocious verse where he flexed his rap skills, his new college degree and much …

Evol – [Outer(net)]

Outer(net) is a new collective out of Chicago that features some of my favorite artists in the city including; Ausar, IsaiahG, Myquale, Aaron Deux and Kiraly Payne. Whenever I got word that these talented creatives were going to connect to create this supergroup, I was truly thrilled, and here we are a few months later & they are on our website with the premiere of their brand new debut record titled “Evol”. IsaiahG started off this one with arguably my favorite verse from him to date, before his fellow U of I alumni Ausar jumped on the beat and complimented him with an equally as good contribution. After that, the man Aaron Deux came through with a verse that was all over the place (in a good way), switching his flows & tone his voice multiple times that made him stand out. Kirlay Payne followed that up with a singing/rapping type of verse that brought another level to the track, before the young king Myquale closed out the record with some straight-up addicting bars, putting the cherry on top of an all-around great offering. Take some time out of your day to stream this brand new track below, and if …

Premiere: Polaroid – [Saiah] [Guardin]

Whether singing a hook or dying his hair in the middle of a performance, Arizona artist Saiah has always stuck out with dedication. In every facet of his artistry thus far, he’s communicated the sentiment that he would die for this art, which is reflected in the honesty of his music, from the lightest of moods to the darkest. If not anything else, AZ’s own is among the most heartful when it comes to penning a song, just as we’ve heard in his impeccable new single, “Polaroid,” alongside Guardin. Today, Saiah’s passion receives a visual component, as “Polaroid” gets a well-deserved music video to match. Based on body language alone, it’s clear from the very start of the video that Saiah’s full energy is put into this song, with every lyric tugging at his heart more than the last. Pictured alongside an arguing love interest, as well as Guardin, himself — who poses as a scarecrow, at first — “Polaroid” turns its sincere acoustic instrumentation and frenzied emotion into a naturally-compelling visual, bringing Saiah and co. together until they scream the song at the top of their lungs, holding one another close. The constant between it all? A sing-along hook, confessing, …

The Idle Mind – [Yourbeautifulruin]

When a producer releases their own project, it’s a unique chance to get a more in-depth look at an artist who usually isn’t the main attraction of their own work. On his debut project titled ‘The Idle Mind’, producer Yourbeautifulruin opens up his own mind to offer a glimpse of his purest form of creativity, amplified by a versatile circle of collaborators who each add their own voice to the mix. Marked by luscious live instrumentation all throughout, ‘The Idle Mind’ is not only a flex in Yourbeautifulruin’s knack for exciting compositions, but it blossoms into a blissful listening experience as it plays through. His mix of jazzy percussion and uncanny rhythm floods each track in a sea of sound that swirls around a listener in unexpected and hypnotic patterns. He mixes in flute solos and funky bass lines to keep things moving at a fast-pace, allowing for a plethora of memorable moments to come to life with perfect timing. ‘The Idle Mind’ also introduces a roster of impressive vocalists, ranging from soul vocalists to rappers who all make their contributions intentional in moving the project forward. Standout tracks include the animated “Anything’s Possible” featuring Miyka’el, IsaiahG, Kashow & sunswan …

Journey – [Brian Brown]

After months and months of anticipation, Nashville rapper Brian Brown has finally unveiled his new album Journey and Brown has still managed to outdo himself, regardless of the fact that hundreds of his adherents have been impatiently waiting for the project’s release for over a year now. Journey is very literally titled, and Brian Brown’s unique skill set enables him to be quite the storyteller without the need for chronological recountings of past events for an entire song. He flawlessly meshes flashbacks and vignettes of his life growing up in Nashville, but the fresco that is created from piecing together these independent happenings is more vibrant and beautiful than ever imagined. Sonically Brian Brown follows the standard set by many southern rappers who have come before him, specifically, he fits right in with his TheHouse counterparts, like Isaiah Rashad, YGTUT, and Michael Da Vinci, but even when compared to them, Brian’s approach to music is still different. He feels very approachable and caring, and that can be attributed to his conversational deliveries that feel as if he is rapping directly to you. “A Cashville Story” was immediately one of my favorite cuts from this album and Brown details the ills of gentrification that have …

November – [Saiah]

It may be January according to the calendar, but if you ask Arizona artist Saiah, we’re already headed past Fall again. Today, the budding talent is back and better than ever, releasing his first track of the new year, “November.” Guarding a supply of glistening melodies, “November” is structured with a set of knocking drums, hard-hitting to an extent while just in line with the song’s emotive tone. Meanwhile, in a lyrical sense, Saiah presents a fairly somber mood, speaking on the troubles of lacking loyalty in a relationship. Passionate by default thanks to this subject matter, his cadences fit the occasion, and offer a contemplative side of Saiah’s artistry, complete with infectious vocal inflections to match. After discovering Saiah via his Loverboyraceway Lostboy EP, 2019 became quite a promising year for AZ’s own. Now heading into 2020, it’s clear that Saiah is more than ready to turn things up a notch. Leading the way with “November,” get hip and peep the brand new offering below!